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’Pies runaway train rolls on
WAIKERIE continued to stand
out like a beacon in the six-team
RFL A grade premiership race
on Saturday when it demolished
the last of the other teams in the
competition, Renmark, by 109
Played at Waikerie, the contest
commenced with plenty of pace in
an even opening but it was not long
before the danger signs were up
for Renmark as the Magpies began
to get their exciting running game
In fact the second half of the first
term was all played in the Waikerie
sector and with greater accuracy
around goals the advantage at the
first break, 4.5 to 2.1, the margin
could have been greater.
From there the 2017 Magpie
Show got into full swing.
Relentless running to break
lines, splendid disposal with
both hand and foot and the will-
ingness to work for each other to
transport the ball quickly towards
Daniel Nobes and company at the
goal front is making this Magpie
machine one of the most watchable
teams we have seen for many a day.
Waikerie also showed that tak-
ing the shortest route to goal pays
much better dividends than the
haphazard approach employed by
Talking of Nobes, he kicked
another eight goals against the
Rovers, and his chief assistant
Matthew Spencely booted six,
which means the dynamic duo has
combined to contribute 70 of the
119 majors scored by their team in
If either or both went missing
through injury then a change in
game plan may be forced on coach
Shayne Stevens and I would be sur-
prised if he didn’t have his heart in
his mouth at one stage during the
Nobes was poised to snare
yet another high ball heading his
way when Spencely – travelling
aT lightning speed in the opposite
direction – ‘clunked’ the ball from
him in an entry for ‘mark of the
year’. It could easily have been
‘collision of the year’.
Mind you Waikerie is not just a
two-trick pony up forward as play-
ers like Gerard Dutton, Ryan Shaw
and Josh Coombs are always on
hand to gather any crumbs.
The Magpies have now won
their five games by an average
margin of 109 points and have
only lost four of 20 quarters: two
to Loxton North, and one each to
Barmera Monash and Loxton.
They look the complete unit
and at one stage in the final term
while considering best players I set
myself a puzzle of ‘find the pas-
For Saturday’s 109-point win,
‘all played well’ would have been
an accurate assessment, but offi-
cials came up with defender Tom
Eldredge, forward Dutton, excit-
ing winger Tristan Geehman, Tim
Bevan in the pivot and Ben Smith
(which immediately had me feel-
ing sorry for Ryan Shaw, Matthew
Spencely and Nobes in particular).
Finally to Renmark. It certainly
did not help its cause in persist-
ing on heading wide to the flanks,
but those decisions were probably
influenced by the defensive wall
Steve Braun and Eldredge present-
Heralded as ‘much improved’
in 2017, the Rovers did enjoy a
couple of positive periods in the
earlier terms, before really show-
ing glimpses of their potential dur-
ing a strong start to the last quar-
ter when they ‘did a Waikerie’ and
doubled their score.
The Magpies quickly doused
the threat, but Rover Jake Whenan,
with four goals, continued to be a
consistent performer, while stal-
warts Trevor Thorpe and Jaryd
Rowe never stopped giving their all
Young Brandon Persinos played
with dash, Tim Blight and Brodie
Redpath battled hard, and the
classy Matt Woolford also showed
Others in the Rovers colours
flashed in and out of the contest
but in the end it was simply too few
against a runaway train without a
Sedan-Cambrai 34 d
BEST: Sedan-Cambrai - J .
Fiebig, K. Day. Ramco - W.A .
Thiel, B. Bevan.
Lyrup 63 d Brown’s Well
BEST: Lyrup - K. Thiele, T.
Healy. Brown’s Well - B.
Hopper, R. Paterson.
BSR 37 d Paringa 18.
BEST: BSR - N. McKenzie,
A. Davies. Paringa - N. Mills,
Ramco 35 d Sedan-
BEST: Ramco - H. Campbell,
R. Oliver. Sedan Cambrai - J .
Bayha, B. Verran.
Wunkar 56 d Cobdogla 30.
BEST: Wunkar - M. Roberts,
E. Hall. Cobdogla - N. Bryan,
Lyrup 65 d Brown’s Well
BEST: Lyrup - C. Tilbrook, B.
Hunyadi. Brown’s Well - A .
Flavel, K. Lehmann.
Paringa 36 d BSR 27.
BEST: Paringa - K. Armour,
J. Rover. BSR - Z. Khan, E.
Independent netball results
Lions roar against Bombers
LYRUP has moved two points clear at
the top of the Riverland Independent
football ladder after a 31-point win
over Brown’s Well on Saturday.
Despite having dominated all of
their opponents so far this year, the
Bombers were held goalless in the
opening quarter and despite its best
efforts, were unable to overcome the
Four goals from Lyrup’s Dean Hill
sees him go to the top of the goal
kicking leaderboard, while Marcus
Owen followed up a strong game last
week with a best on ground perfor-
mance in his team’s win.
Young gun Brok Schubert did his
best to keep the Bombers in the game
with four goals in a performance that
saw him named best.
Wunkar found its way back to
the winners list with a 62-point win
Like last week, the Eagles started
the game well and looked as if they
were going to go close to their first
win in a number of years, but the
Bulldogs soon found their rhythm.
Veteran duo Brett Lines and Shane
Schulz combined for six goals for
Thomas Dejager continued his
promising season as he was named
best for Cobby.
The closest match of the round saw
Ramco clinch a vital 12-point win
A big final term helped the
Roosters seal the result.
Russell Loffler was named best for
the Magpies as he begins to recapture
the form many expected him to have
The final match saw Paringa chalk
up a convincing 116-point win over
The talented Jono Wood was a
standout at centre half back for the
Swans, while Kyle Coleman was
named best for the Redbacks.
5 Tristan Geehman
4 Ryan Shaw
3 Gerard Dutton
2 Josh Coombs
1 Tom Eldredge
Top sides dominate round of darts
THE sixth round of the
Riverland darts season saw
the top three teams, Loxton
RSL, Barmera Odd Bods and
Renmark R C Ones, each score
Loxton RSL 15 (J. Willett 180, 140x3,
121, 100x3, S. Pankhurst 180,
140x2, 118, 100x3, N. Peatey 140x2,
100x5, A. Hargreaves 140, 116, 100,
E. Walters 125, 100x2, T. Smith 111)
d Expendables nil (D. Roessel 134,
127, 121, 100x3, G. Norman 100x3,
T. Daelmann 101).
Barmera Odd Bods 13 (R. Martin
180, 101, 100x2, D. Coombe 140x2,
100x5, D. Parfitt 140, 123, 121, 119,
100x5, A. McCauley 140, 121, 100,
G. Dyer 133x2, 117, 115, M. Seeby
121, 100x2) d Double Jacks 2 (L.
Platten 125, 100x5, F. Wenske 120,
100, M. Vincent 140, D. Phillips 100).
Renmark R C Ones 14 (L. Rasheed
180, 140, 121, 100x2, R. Tyck
140x2, 134, 100, N. Flack 140x2,
100x7, C. Dunhill 121, 100x2, B.
Rogers 100x2, R. Donovan 100)
d Loony Toons 1 (D. Martin 140,
100x3, T. Fisher 115, 100, S. Fisher
138, M. Hayes 105).
Renmark’s Trevor Thorpe and
Waikerie’s Timothy Bevan fight
to be first to a loose ball during
the Gill-Lehmann Cup match on
Saturday. PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
ANOTHER weekend of
Riverland footy is complete
and round six featured big
scores in the junior grades.
The B grade games were
one-sided, with Barmera-
Monash easily accounting for
Berri, with the win helped by
ex-Moorook player Garrett
Wakefield who slotted seven
In the battle of the big cats,
Loxton North took the points
over Loxton with a 40-point
remain undefeated with a
comfortable 48-point win over
Hayden Twyford continued
his good form kicking four
goals for the Rovers.
The under 18s served up
some closer matches, includ-
ing a tight 11-point win to the
Roos over the Demons.
Caleb Nagy registered three
goals for Barmera-Monash
while rising star Charlie
Holtham was the stand-out for
It was a comfortable
51-point win to Loxton North
over Loxton, with Mitch
Neumann standing up for the
Panthers with four goals.
Zane Lueth was judged best
for Loxton North, while Oliver
Ackland impressed for Loxton.
In another tight game, the
Magpies got over the line by
eight points over the Rovers.
Declan Sidhu played an
excellent game for Waikerie.
To the under 15s and Berri
registered a massive 210-point
win over scoreless Barmera-
Isaac Woolston kicked an
unbelievable 12 goals for the
Demons and was named best.
Loxton North easily
accounted for Loxton by 83
Renmark remain undefeated
with a narrow two-point vic-
tory over Waikerie.
Cooper Mackereth almost
got the ’Pies over the line with
In the under 13s, Berri
remain top of the ladder after
a 24-point win over Barmera-
Monash, Loxton North beat
Loxton by 18 points and
Renmark beat Waikerie by 11
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